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What to Do Before You Sell Your Home in Seattle

March 12, 2018  

 sell home in Seattle

If you are planning to sell home in Seattle in the not-too-distant future, there are many things you can do to make it more appealing to potential buyers. It doesn’t have to be too labor-intensive, as long as your house is not in obvious disrepair. Taking a couple of weekends to tackle the job should be enough. There are 3 tasks you should complete before listing with an agent.

  1. Eliminate clutter and clean everything.
    1. Remove all unwanted and unnecessary items. Sell, donate, recycle or trash them.
    2. Give your home a thorough deep-cleaning. Every room should be spotless. Pay particular attention to bathrooms, the kitchen and windows (inside and out).
    3. Don’t be tempted to stuff cabinets, drawers and closets. These should all be cleaned out and organized, since buyers often look in these areas to evaluate space.
  2. Make all simple repairs that you can.
    1. Replace broken or cracked windows and screens.
    2. Make sure all light bulbs are operational.
    3. Fix toilet and faucet leaks.
    4. Repair or replace grout.
    5. Replace caulking around sinks, showers and tubs.
    6. Repair holes or cracks in walls and repaint in neutral colors.
  3. Ensure that your home has curb appeal.
    1. Repair damaged gutters and downspouts.
    2. Prune trees, bushes and shrubs.
    3. Add new river rock, pea gravel or mulch, as appropriate.
    4. Evaluate the concrete. Clean up stains, pull weeds from cracks and make repairs to unsightly holes.
    5. Add a little extra to the front of your house with potted flowers, a new welcome mat and house numbers that complement the home.

With the Seattle real estate market as hot as it is right now, selling your home will not be an issue, but you will want to have your home in the best shape possible to get as much out of the sale as possible. A little extra effort will draw potential buyers and help to sell home in Seattle more quickly. Call Lacey at New House Match at (425) 268-0347 when you are ready to list.